Innovation Challenge by Air France : Champagne & Wine Glasses single use plastic alternatives

Innovation Challenge by Air France : Champagne & Wine Glasses single use plastic alternatives


Air France is committed to reducing its environmental impact and limiting the use of single use plastic on board their flights.This initiative is already well on its way as Air France has already replaced all plastic cutlery, water and soft drinks cups and stirrers with cellulose based materials. So far the french airline has replaced 210 millions items previously made out of plastic.

As part of Air France objective to have eliminated 80% of SUP on board flights by 2025, there is still the challenge of finding a bio-based alternative to the plastic glasses still used to serve wine and champagne in economy class.

Are you up for solving this single use plastic challenge!

By applying for this challenge you will have the opportunity to present your solutions to the Air France team and if selected put together a proof of concept with the aim to have your glasses on board Air France flights in July 2021!

Here under are the specifications for the product Air France is looking to introduce in its in-flight operations:


  • Bio-based product

  • Contain capacity of 15 cl

  • Must be designed as a stemware

  • Scalable potential (see production quantity below)

  • Transparency of the material is highly preferred

  • Only TRL6-7 and above will be considered as eligible to answer to the challenge  

  • The glasses must be designed in such a way that they can be stacked up together before and after usage


  • As light as possible

  • For single use / fully recyclable or compostable  

  • Transparency of the material is highly preferred


The cup must comply with the Environment Code and Directive 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment.

The supplier must offer articles that comply with the various French and European regulations and their developments.



In regards to the sourcing of the product, Air France would like to limit the transport between the place of manufacture and the place of distribution.



Between 3 and 8 million


  • The origin of the raw material

  • Certification of the raw material

  • Place of manufacture / final packaging

  • Detail all types of transport/distances used for the delivery of the product


Alternatives materials, colours and format will be considered as long as the quality, solidity and durability of the product is maintained and ideally reduces costs.

  • The packaging used by the supplier must ensure a total protection of the product (no defects, scratches or tears until it is dismantled in catering)

  • Easy to unpack

  • More ecological solutions for packaging can be proposed: reduction of over-packaging, reduction of the use of plastic, etc.

Apply now and have the chance to win an opportunity to be introduced to the Air France team.

Hope to meet you soon!

Solar Impulse Foundation and Air France Team


Date From September 1, 2020
to January 31, 2021
Apply byJanuary 31, 2021
Duration 153 days
Location Online